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    What is a good basic skin regimen for improving acne?

    Answer by:
    Alan Rockoff, MD

    Dermatologist
    Author, MedicineNet

    These are all good, basic skin regimens that may help with the acne battle:

    1. Cleanse twice daily with a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash. An alternative for those who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide is 2% salicylic acid.
    2. Apply a gel or cream containing 5% benzoyl peroxide; an alternative is sulfur or resorcinol.
    3. At night, apply a spot cream containing sulfur to the affected areas.
    4. Use a light skin moisturizer and water-based, oil-free makeup.
    5. Use a clean washcloth each time you wash your face.